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When facts are not enough


Science is based on a shared respect for the scientific method--the principle that, by gathering and analyzing data and information, scientists and others can draw conclusions that are robust and generalizable across cultures and ideologies. Scientists furthermore assume that disagreements can be resolved by more facts. So when people object to the reality of climate change with science-y sounding arguments--"the data is wrong," or "it's just a natural cycle," or even, "we need to study it longer"--the natural response of scientists is simple and direct: People need more data. But this approach often doesn't work and can even backfire. Because when it comes to climate change, science-y sounding objections are a mere smokescreen to hide the real reasons, which have much more to do with identity and ideology than data and facts.

Orlando Shooting Was an Anti-Gay Hate Crime Inspired by Islamic Ideology

U.S. News

Late last year, controversial deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said that the Islamic State group would like to attack the United State but likely lacked the capabilities. The Orlando massacre was an Islamic State group victory. The attack cannot be pigeonholed by concepts like domestic, lone-wolf or homegrown terror. These notions are outdated in an era of highly diffused, internationally networked, web-enabled terrorism. Rather, it was an example of "jihad in place" – an out-of-area attack conducted by terrorists in their home countries with little or no operational guidance from jihadist headquarters.

Will Austria's government really crack down on the far right?

Al Jazeera

The Austrian government says it will not tolerate "dangerous ideologies" and that it's now considering disbanding the far-right Identitarian Movement and investigating whether it is a "terrorist" organisation. The announcement on Wednesday came after it was revealed that the movement's leader, Martin Sellner, received nearly $1,700 from the man accused of perpetrating two mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, earlier this month. Sellner has denied any ties to the suspected attacker. Austria's far-right Freedom Party, which entered government in December 2017, has distanced himself from the Identitarians, while Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says radical ideologies are not welcome in Austria.